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Fresh Basil, Chive and Dill Herb Sauce

Sauces are one of my favorite ways to elevate the flavor of anything!

This sauce is a savory one that can be used in many different ways. I use it as a dip for crackers or raw vegetables, drizzle it on meat or fish after it is cooked, sautée it with vegetables, and use it as a marinade before grilling. It also is a delicious way to dress a salad by thinning it with a little more lemon juice.

Fresh Basil, Chive and Dill Sauce

Fresh Basil, Chive and Dill Sauce

 

When I have sauces handy, it is going to be a good week in the eating department, even if I don’t have a lot of time to spend cooking! What I mean by this is, it makes it super easy to elevate meals from boring to spectacular. Sometimes on the weekends, I spend a Saturday morning making sauces to use for the next couple weeks. I like to freeze half of them, so I can pull them out of the freezer when I need them. There are 21 other recipes for sauces and dressings to choose from under the Sauce section in my Recipe Index.

Fresh Basil, Chive and Dill Sauce over Pork Tenderloin

Fresh Basil, Chive and Dill Sauce over Pork Tenderloin

 

This sauce utilizes three different herbs that gives it a Mediterranean flare and lots of beneficial nutrients. I am always taking into consideration the benefits as well as flavor of recipes. 🙂 Herbs are generally under-used in cooking, and really bump up flavor and nutrition.

This recipe makes 1 1/4 cups. I like to pour it into two jars, one for the fridge and one for the freezer.

Fresh Basil, Chive and Dill Herb Sauce

Ingredients:

3  Packages of Fresh Basil (3/4 oz.)

1 Package of Fresh Dill (3/4 oz.)

1 Package of Fresh Chives (3/4 oz.)

1/2 Cup Raw Pecans

6 Tablespoons Garlic Infused Olive Oil

6 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

(or 12 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and 2 Fresh Garlic Cloves if not following Low FodMap Diet)

1 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Ready to Blend Ingredients for Sauce!

Ready to Blend Ingredients for Sauce!

 

Simply put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend on high until smooth!

Now, how will you use your fresh herb sauce? I would love to hear your ideas!

Versatile Herb Sauce as a Dip with Crackers!

Versatile Herb Sauce as a Dip with Crackers!

 

 

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Versatile Eat Your Veggies “Tomato” Sauce

This sauce is the bomb! My twenty year old son, Jeffrey, has a hard time eating vegetables, and he didn’t even know the amount of vegetables he was consuming when I used this sauce instead of tomato sauce in my Bolognese recipe last week. In fact, all four of the other family members sat down to dinner and inhaled the sauce.

Eat Your Veggies Tomato Sauce Collage

 

If you are eating nightshade free and miss tomatoes, this is a very versatile tomato sauce that tastes exactly like tomato sauce with a lovely full bodied consistency, but a little thicker. So, it could be used as a tomato paste substitute, or thinned down with extra broth. If tomatoes aren’t a problem for you, this is a way to get more vegetables into your meals with ease and a flavor punch.

Eat Your Veggies "Tomato" Sauce

Versatile Eat Your Veggies “Tomato” Sauce

 

The total time to make this sauce is about an hour and a half. It makes 3 1/2 cups. I like to jar the sauce in one cup containers and freeze what I am not using for later convenience. Doubling the recipe takes very little extra time, and gives you more to freeze for later.

Use this sauce straight from the jar, or use it in your favorite tomato sauce recipes measure for measure. I currently have on my list of recipes to develop with this sauce, pizza and enchiladas! The sky is the limit! Here’s the recipe:

Versatile Eat Your Veggies “Tomato” Sauce

Ingredients:

2 Cups Carrots, Peeled and Chopped

1/2 Cup Shallots, Peeled and Sliced

1 1/4 Cups Red Beets, Peeled and Diced

1 1/2 Cups Red Onion, Peeled and Diced

1/2 Cup Celery, Chopped

2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

2 Cups Broth (Chicken, Bone Broth or Vegetable Broth)

1/2 Cup Aged Balsamic (I love this 18 Year Old, No Sugar Added, High Quality Balsamic)

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Anchovies (Umami Guys! Don’t skip it!)

1 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

1 Teaspoon Turmeric

1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley

1 Teaspoon Dried Basil

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Mace

1 Bay Leaf

Directions: Place 1/4 Cup of olive oil in a heavy stock pot over medium high heat. Add the Anchovy, and stir until it almost melts into the oil. Add the prepared vegetables, and cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, mix all the herbs, mace and salt together in a small bowl. After the vegetables have cooked for five minutes, add the seasoning, and stir for one minute. Add the broth, bay leaf and balsamic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.

Remove bay leaf. Add all the ingredients to a high speed immersion blender, and blend until very smooth.

Place the sauce in jars and use within three days in the refrigerator, or freeze for later.

I would love to hear how you are using this sauce in your recipes! Stay tuned for more recipes with this sauce coming soon!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

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